Suspending Disbelief

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Levitation - Paula Barrett

SUSPENDING DISBELIEF 2009
2 Videos, Projected Image and Suspended 3D Glasses.

The 3D glasses, which seem to levitate in front of the audience as they enter the installation space indicate the premise on which the work was made; as a reflection on systems of human knowledge and ways of seeing, which are inescapably linked to our physicality and embodied experience. These videos made in the format of homemade youtube ‘how to’ videos explain how to do simple levitation tricks.

‘Willed suspension of disbelief’ is an idea that is used here to explain how a modern, enlightened audience might continue to enjoy certain types of entertainment. It indicates an onus on the audience to participate in the creation and experience of illusionary or fictional events.